Pest Survival in Cold Weather

Just as cold weather sees humans racing to the comfort of a warm fire and shelter, so too will the UK’s pests strive to make their retreat to a safe, warm spot with access to food and drink.

Berkshire pest control specialists know that many customers think that pests are less troublesome in the winter as they’re already hibernating or have died off, but you should still be alert because several pests are ready to make your property theirs, whatever the season.

Pest Survival in Cold Weather

Winter storms, snowfall and flooding can damage properties and create access points for pests and therefore pest control issues. Regular property checks and a proactive approach to maintenance tasks are wise precautions.

You may not see the pests as much during periods of cold weather but the calls to pest control specialists, including Pest Control Berkshire, are still plentiful.

Did you know that there are species of cockroaches which thrive in arctic conditions and so they won’t find snow or low temperatures in the UK problematic?

Spiders will trek indoors and find a quiet corner, loft or garage to sit out the cold weather. They eat insects which are overwintering, unseen by humans, in the property.

Rodents are intelligent and loyal; they’ll take risks in freezing weather which they’d dismiss at other times, just to survive. They’ll feed during daylight hours and in more open spots rather than making nocturnal food trips; bird food may be one of the easiest food stuffs to reach.

Rats and mice can wiggle through a space as small as a pencil and gain access to a loft, outbuilding, kitchen or warehouse. Their teeth are sharp and strong enough to gnaw through most materials, from fabric to timber to metal. Humans frequently save them from having to make an excessive effort by leaving bins open, and rubbish accessible, especially when collections are thrown in to chaos. A compost heap provides an ideal storm shelter with the food supply a whisker away.

We normally assume that bed bugs need warm duvets and mattresses, but they don’t die when we get out of bed, they can live well in cool temperatures. Pest control experts appreciate that bed bugs survive intercontinental flights and can infest bedframes, furniture and electric sockets. They don’t require food as humans do; they can exist for 3 months without sustenance. Be proactive about bed bugs, they are particularly a problem for hotels in which a succession of travellers can occupy rooms.

Woodworm require approximately 10-15% humidity so variable temperatures, heating being switched on and off and increased condensation levels are like a welcome mat. As they live for 2-5 years, they won’t mind a cool attic beam or floorboard. Their food source, cellulose, is naturally found in the timber. Summer is the least enjoyable time for woodworm because it’s too warm and the timber is drier.

Pests unlucky enough to find themselves outside and exposed in a winter freeze like slugs, snails and aphids will die.

Cold weather adaptability means that professional licensed Berkshire pest control services are in demand every day of the year.

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